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Salkehatchie Summer Service repairs seven homes in Marlboro County

  • 11 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Salkehatchie Summer Service repairs seven homes in Marlboro County

More than 100 volunteers descended on Marlboro County last week to replace roofs, floors and other repairs to seven homes. 
They are all part of the Salkehatchie Summer Service program, which is a ministry of the United Methodist Church.
Elizabeth Miles of Dallas, Ga., was at site five on Quick Acres Road with her daughter Abby. 
At the house, the group repaired the roof, built two decks and completed several flooring projects. 
Miles said she had enjoyed getting to know the homeowners and building a relationship with them.
"We just want them to know that Jesus loves them and we are here to help them," Miles said. "The homeowners do more for me than I do for them."

MEMS students return on first day

  • 11 July 2019
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MEMS students return on first day

Students were up early as they returned to McColl Elementary Middle School on Thursday. District officials, principals, staff, Marlboro County High football players, cheerleaders and others were on hand to greet 700 students for their first day of school.
 

Humane Society to host animal adoption event on Friday and Saturday at shelter

  • 11 July 2019
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Humane Society to host animal adoption event on Friday and Saturday at shelter

This weekend's pet adoption event at the Humane Society of Marlboro County could help find forever homes for many animals at the shelter.
Officials are participating along with many shelters and organizations across the state in the second annual Pick Me! South Carolina adoption event.
It will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the animal shelter, 242 Ag Street in Bennettsville.
Stephanie Jones, shelter director, said there will be no adoption fees for adult cats and dogs.
"But they do have to apply with an adoption application and be approved," she said. "We want to make the best match based on the personality of the dog and not just how they look. We have a lot of great dogs."
The event which is sponsored by the Petco Foundation and organized by No Kill South Carolina with the goal of saving 1,500 lives through adoptions in one weekend statewide.

Happy July Fourth

  • 2 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Happy July Fourth

The Herald-Advocate offices will be closed Wed., Thurs.  & Friday to celebrate Independence Day.  

Many of the citizens of Marlboro County got the Independence Day celebration off to an early start last weekend with fireworks at both Lake Paul Wallace and at the Brightsville Park.  On Saturday, activities at the lake started in the afternoon with water slides on the beach, various food vendors and music provided by local DJ David Graham.  At 6:30, the band Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot from North Myrtle Beach took the stage, playing a wide variety of dance tunes.  At dark, the City of Bennettsville Independence Day Fireworks Celebration lit up the sky over the lake.  Above, people enjoy the fireworks display from the beach.  Left, a group enjoys a line dance during the concert.  See page 7 for additional photos.
Photos by Dan McNiel

County operated EMS goes into service

  • 2 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County's first county-funded and operated Emergency Medical Services started answering calls at midnight Monday.
County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn said it was a challenge for the county.
"There was no equipment or facilities," he said.
The county had to start from scratch. County Council voted in December of last year to establish a county-funded and operated EMS department, which did not begin operations until the contract with Marlboro Rescue expired at the end of June. 
Marlboro County government had contracted with Marlboro Rescue to provide EMS since the 1990s.
The decision stemmed from five recommendations of the Emergency Medical Services Task Force, which was established in 2017 to examine the situation and develop recommendations for the future of EMS.
The need for emergency medical services had become extremely important to the community after Marlboro Park Hospital closed in 2015.
During 2017-18, the Task Force members researched EMS issues, factors contributing to the problems and met with Marlboro Rescue leadership to discuss issues.

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